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Florida is my home

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Florida is my home. I’m originally from a small town on the northern side of Long Island, NY. My family was relocated to Florida on Halloween when I was 9 years old. At the time, I was both excited (because hey, Disney World is in Florida, right?!) and completely destroyed (wait a minute…I have to live where people vacation now?). For a very long time, I spent many summers, winter breaks, and spring breaks going back to my home town and spending days with my late brother, Bill, and my other close friends and family. I didn’t truly begin to appreciate and accept Florida as the beautiful new home until I was well into my twenties. There’s just something about those picturesque sunsets, the smell of the tropical beaches, the pure white sand, the turquoise waters, the mangroves in the swamps, the awesome animals, the variety of stunning palm trees, and of course, the fresh oranges and grapefruits. The abundance of different cultures and ethnic foods that are just right around the corner is very exciting.

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One of the coolest things about Florida is that there are literally more than eight different types of environments that are easy to get to. From the Keys, to Miami, to the Everglades, to the countryside of Weston and Homestead, to the touristy areas of Orlando, to what feels like the gorgeous deep south in Jacksonville, to Tampa and Pensacola – there are so many places to discover, enjoy, and experience. Come visit Florida. Florida is my home, and I absolutely love it. I wouldn’t trade it in for the world.

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The Home T “Florida” c/o (Every purchase donates to Multiple Sclerosis!)

Torrid Skull Jean Shorts (old)

Berkshire Plus Size Tights c/o

Dainty Chuck Taylor c/o Shopbop

Bisou Bisou Seamless Camisole

Boohoo Lillie Choker

Double Deesigns (Local Indie brand!!)

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Leo

Tignanello Green Bag (was my moms)

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Winter Pinstripe

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Hello Sparkles!!

I’m really excited that it’s starting to cool down down here in South Florida. I was finally able to break out some cute winter wear!! I adore wearing tights, even when there is only a slight chill in the air. Recently, I’ve been trying out Berkshire’s new plus size tights, and I have to say – they are fantastic! I paired them with this great pinstripe-esk peplum style dress from City Chic (via Gwynnie Bee), and they were just the perfect addition. Right now through December 16th, you can get 15% off of your Berkshire purchase at Eberkshire.com with code Blogger15!!

Winter Pinstripe

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Mixing prints is so much fun, and can be done really subtly. In this winter pinstripe outfit, I opted to mix the subtle triangular print that is on the front panel of this dress with a darker animal print Rebecca Minkoff bag. I really like how the triangular print gives off a pinstripe feel from afar.

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To top off my look, I chose to wear these practical scalloped heels from Wanted, and a cute 3/4 sleeve cardigan. This would be a great outfit for a job interview, or a day to day outfit for the office.

CityChic Kyoto Lady Dress (via Gwynnie Bee)

Berkshire Firm All The Way Tights in Black c/o

Ashley Stewart 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan (old)

Wanted Shoes Mia Heels c/o

Boohoo Choker

Rebecca Minkoff Bag (old)

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Breaking fashion rules

Breaking fashion rules Society+ Crop Top and BlacK Skirt #FashionFreedom #iamsocietyplus on Kirstin Marie

J.Kane Black Skirt | c/o Society+

Society+ Plus Size Caged Crop Top | c/o Society+

As a plus size woman, I’m constantly reminded of the “fashion rules” that I must follow – or else. This leaves us curvy girls with an array of limiting, boring, ugly options. I want more options! Trying to stay confined to a tight unfriendly, unfashionable box is not my thing. I gathered all of my strength and busted out of that “rules of fashion” box. Today, I am breaking fashion rules! The age old rule that’s meant to be broken: plus size girls, or girls with larger than average sized arms cannot wear sleeveless tops. Heck yes, I can, and I will!

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I’ve teamed up with an amazing brand, Society+, and Society+ to show you that breaking the rules is fun, easy, and empowering. I’ve always, always been self conscious about my large upper arms. I’ve tried exercises, dieting, and so much more. I confined myself to always wearing short sleeves or longer to conceal my arms. Not anymore. I’ve even decided to further break this rule and blow past my comfort zone by getting a full sleeve tattoo on my left arm. My tattoo is very much in progress and in the beginning stages, but I am in love with it. My tattoo, though a drastic was to break this fashion rule, has boosted my confidence so much that I WANT to show it off. I don’t care if I have large upper arms. When I slipped into this strappy, sexy crop top with this perfect black skirt I felt SO good. I felt like I could go anywhere, do anything, be who I am with no shame. Of course I was nervous as I left my house, but the looks I got from strangers were good ones, and my husbands’ face said it all. I look good, I feel good, and darn it, baby, I will show my arms off, regardless. Society+ is such an incredible, empowering brand that celebrates body positivity and body love. I could not think of a better brand to work with when thinking about breaking the fashion rules.

Now it’s your turn, my lovelies! Join me in breaking any of these fashion rules:

~Exposed Tummy (Crop tops, etc)

~Exposed Legs (mini skirts, and more)

~Exposed Arms (sleeveless everything!)

~Wearing color and bright color

~Wearing white

~Wearing stripes, prints, and more!

Share your photos on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat (@itsmekirstinm) – be sure to tag me, and use #FashionFreedom when you post.These fashion rules were meant to be broken! Break free with me & Society+, and show the world how beautiful you are!

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How to style plus size flare jeans

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How to style plus size flare jeans this Spring

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Flare jeans are making a HUGE come back and I am one happy girl!! I love me some flare jeans. As a plus size girl, trying to decide how to style plus size flare jeans can be difficult depending on the look you are trying to achieve. I feel so rooted in 1970s fashion, that I had to channel Woodstock for this outfit. I love pairing bright colors with a great pair of flare jeans. These flares, or actually super flares, are one of my favorite pairs of jeans in my closet. Since Spring and Summer are pretty warm if not scorching hot down here in South Florida, I picked this beautiful Karen Kane light weight hoodie to pair with my plus size flare jeans. The colors are bright, sunny, and make me feel so good. This is such a cute and comfy casual outfit.

I’ve teamed up with an amazing group of curvies based in South Florida, just like me! Lovelies, please meet Sahily, Natalia, and Deidre!! I’m so excited to finally meet some other gorgeous curvy beauties down here. We’ve started an awesome monthly collaboration where we will be bringing to you our own individual stylings of different items each month. Head over to each one of their blogs to see how they styled up a pair of flare jeans in their own way.

 

Karen Kane Tribal Stripe Crepe Top via Gwynnie Bee

Retro Flare Jeans (similar pair) | Alloy Apparel

Crescent Moon Necklace c/o Fannies Finds

Rose Quarts Double Wrap Bracelet | Double Deesigns

Orange Carnelian Healing Single Wrap Bracelet (gift from a friend)

Chakra Balancing Single Wrap Bracelet | Double Deesigns

Duex Lux Black Fringe Bag (old – here’s a similar one) c/o ShopBop (last year)

Black Cat Eye Sunglasses (similar pair) | ASOS (a few years ago)

Black Elastic Cross Strap Wedges (simlar) | Charming Charlie (old)

Is there an item you would like to see styled in four different ways, or have a question on how to style? If so, please leave a comment! Let me know what you would like to see next month! 

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Amping up for Spring with JTV

Hello my lovelies!!

I know I have been away for a little bit, but I am back!! Back with vengeance. I’ve been so busy adjusting schedules and learning to live my life without my mom (still adjusting there), but I wanted to get back to the things I love the most, and that, of course, is YOU!! I’ve teamed up with JTV to bring you this post. Be sure to read through until the end – it’ll be worth your while!! xo

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by JTV. I was provided a necklace and compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

 

JTV Necklace Spring Fashion on Kirstin Marie

Spring is here!!! There are tons of cute new Spring time looks out there, so much variety to choose from this season. Accessorizing can always be some what challenging, depending on the look you are going for. I am always looking for a new accessory piece to revitalize my necklace collection, a piece that will really amp up my style and help to accent my outfits perfectly without even thinking about what I’ve got on. With the help of JTV, I chose this gorgeous Oval and Round Black Spinel Stirling Silver Necklace that will be perfect for amplifying any of my Spring outfits.

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I love that I can use it for a casual work day, a coffee date, running errands, and then keep it on for a date night. It’s the perfect amount of statement for the day and beautifully stunning for the evening. The stones lay so nicely at the base of my neck, it’s a very comfortable necklace to wear, and it catches light so nicely. Its a really great versatile piece to have in my necklace collection. It really adds the perfect finishing touch to so many outfits, I am super excited to style this baby up this Spring! Looking for some more beautiful pieces to amp up your Spring style? JTV Necklaces have got you covered!

In collaboration with JTV, I am offering up one of these gorgeous necklaces to one lucky reader!! Yes, my lovelies, it’s giveaway time!!

Win this JTV Necklace on Kirstin Marie

PRIZE: One (1) JTV Necklace, Oval and Round Black Spinel Stirling Silver Necklace. Also can be found here. ($229.99 value!)

OPEN TO: US Residents Only. Must have valid email address and valid mailing address.

DATES: March 28, 2016 – April 11, 2016. Giveaway will close at 11:59pm EST.

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Target Swim

This post is promoted and sponsored by Target. I was compensated by Target via Mode Media for my review. All opinions are my own.

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Summer is coming!! With the arrival of Summer comes the time of year that many women hate the most – Swimsuit season. I generally am not a fan of swimsuit season. I always feel that when I wear a swimsuit, everyone’s eyes will automatically divert to my inner thighs, and not see me. My inner thighs are my current source of body insecurities. I’ve declined some invitations to beach days with friends out because of fear of how my thighs would look out in the open for everyone to see. It may sound silly, but it has effected my judgement and choices when it comes to Summer fun more than I’d like to admit. Do you feel that way about any aspect of your body?

My insecurities about my thighs always made swimsuit shopping difficult. I decided that this year would be different. I mean, I’m a grown woman, I can do whatever I want – thanks Queen B! I took my swimsuit shopping by the reins, set my insecurities to the sidelines, and picked out some really cute suits from Target’s plus size department for the coming Summer months.

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What I’m wearing: Ava & Viv Women’s Plus Mesh Flyaway Tankini in Black/White Animal | VM Women’s Plus Bikini Swim Top in Black | Bikini Swim Bottoms | Ava & Viv Women’s Plus One Piece Swimsuit w. Lasercut Flounce Top in Exciting Purple

I have to say, the fits are pure perfection. I’ve never put on a swim suit and felt the butterflies of excitement in my stomach that I felt when I saw myself in the mirror. Girl, Yasss! Finally, some beautiful swimsuits that make me feel gorgeous, that look amazing on me, and make me ready to play in the waves. In case you are an online shopper, like me, you can order a swimsuit from Target’s site and try it on at home. I really liked that the best, because I could really see how it fit in my own mirror, and be extra picky with what I love and don’t love. The best part is that Target has free shipping AND free returns, so it’s basically like shopping without having to hope that the store near you has your size!

I am dying over these three swimsuits in particular. In general, I like to size down in swimsuits, because I don’t want them to be roomy. I like them to fit like a glove, so to speak, and these suits did not disappoint! The purple laser-cut flounce top once piece?? I’ve never felt so girly and sweet in a swimsuit before this beauty arrived in my closet. Let’s talk about the gorgeous crochet detail of the bikini swim top. It’s comfy, it’s cute, and it’s sexy. I have big outfit plans for this bikini top. I adore the black and white tankini with the cute ruched sided bottom. It’s so flattering and supportive, and it makes me excited to head to the beach for an all-day adventure!

Thanks to Target’s awesome selection of super cute plus size swimsuits, my thigh insecurities are dust in the wind (I’m loving all of these song references – aren’t  you?). Target is launching an amazing swimwear campaign – #NOFOMO TargetStyle. It’s all about embracing the season with no reservations, just confidence, and I am here for it!

I want all of you to take the #NOFOMO TargetStyle pledge with me. It’s about time we  boost our confidence, get excited to wear a cute swimsuit and enjoy some Summer fun! Let’s get together, get excited about Summer, and rock our gorgeous bodies with confidence in Target swimsuits!! This Summer I am going to strut my stuff like the gorgeous woman I am, and live it up for some fun in the sun! #NOFOMO.  What is your #NOFOMO pledge? I want to know!! Tell me in the comment section below, or shout it out to me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #NOFOMO #swimtarget2016 #targetstyle.

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All Black Luxe with Monroe and Main Holiday Occasions Event + Giveaway!!

**Disclosure: This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic.  

Plus size holiday occasion outfit all black luxe monroe and main #MMHolidayFashion on Kirstin Marie

It’s that time of year! Stores are bustling with shoppers, people are planning holiday parties, families and friends are creating delicious menus for the upcoming festivities, and so much more. This is also the time of year where finding the perfect outfit is a main goal. With so many chic options for different holiday occasions, Monroe and Main is my go-to retailer for the perfect look.

 

All Black Luxe with Monroe and Main Holiday Occasions

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Monroe and Main Crossover Rib Sweater and Caviar Bead Leggings (c/o)

I love wearing black. Yes, it does majorly have to do with my field of working being a lighting designer in theater. The thing I love about black is the versatility of it. While most shun those who where black, I embrace it! Black can work for any occasion. It’s all about the style of the garment. I adore this outfit. It is perfect for doing some holiday shopping, wrapping gifts, enjoying a tasty holiday dinner, and so much more. These leggings have just the perfect amount of holiday glitz and glamour to them. They are beautifully detailed with black and gold intricate beading on the lower sides of the legs, and the fabric is soft with a nice, subtle sheen to it. They’ve got the perfect amount of stretch, and are super comfortable. I love that they could be paired with heels, ankle booties, cute flats (like I am wearing), or even sneakers.

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My most favorite part of this outfit is this gorgeous, luxe, cashmere top. It’s absolutely beautiful. It’s buttery soft, feels like heaven on, fits like a dream, and has just the perfect detailing to make it feminine and sweet. The photos of this sweater just do not do it justice. It’s by far the most luxurious, beautiful top I have the joy of owning…and I’m being serious!! It fits so well. When I first put it on I was so excited to see the well fitting shoulders, the small feminine detailing at the base of the sleeves, and the buttons at the front. It flows so well, and it incredibly flattering. I cannot wait to wear this top with my favorite pair of skinny jeans and some OTK boots.

I’ve teamed up with Monroe and Main and 24 other bloggers for an amazing giveaway!!! Yes, that means there are 25 prizes!!! Check out all of the giveaway details below, and enter to win a stylish new bag (like this one!!) PLUS enter for a chance at winning the Grand Prize Giveaway of a $250 shopping spree for one lucky winner!!

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Giveaway is US Only, 18 years and older. Open November 25th, 2015 and closes December 9th, 2015 at 11:59pm EST. 

Monroe and Main Holiday Occasions Giveaway
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Get some more great outfit ideas for holiday occasions from my fellow blogger babes!

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